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November 28, 2017 > Season of joy kicks off with a Wonderful Night

Season of joy kicks off with a Wonderful Night

Submitted By Kara Schniepp

On Friday, December 1, the San Leandro Improvement Association (SLIA) welcomes all to its annual holiday tree lighting in conjunction with the San Leandro Downtown AssociationÕs ÒItÕs a Wonderful NightÓ holiday celebration. SLIA invites family and friends to celebrate at 5:30 p.m. for the tree lighting in Estudillo Plaza, symbolizing the beginning of the holiday season. Once SLIA kicks off the night, families will be able to pose with Santa and Mrs. Claus for a free photo opportunity by the holiday tree. Returning this year is the Holiday Tree Lane, a row of artificial holiday trees donated by SLIA and decorated by local San Leandro schools. The trees line the pathway from Washington Avenue to E. 14th Street.

ÒThe San Leandro Improvement Association is excited to bring back traditions from previous years that the community loves. The holiday tree lighting and Holiday Tree Lane are fantastic ways to inspire magic and cheer and kick off the season,Ó said Gordon Galvan, SLIAÕs president.

ÒItÕs a Wonderful NightÓ will include holiday entertainment, dancers and singers, holiday games, cookie decorating, interactive arts and crafts for kids, and horse-drawn carriage rides. In addition to these festivities, holiday movies will also be playing outdoors all night to create a magical winter wonderland experience for neighbors and visitors of all ages.

ÒWe are happy to create these social events in enjoyable public spaces where families and friends can make holiday memories together in downtown,Ó said Galvan.

After ÒItÕs a Wonderful Night,Ó San Leandro families will still be able to enjoy the holiday festivities throughout the month of December. Building on its initial success last year, SLIA is bringing back the Toy Soldier Sponsorship Drive with the goal of placing 25 nine-foot tall ornamental Toy Soldiers on downtown street corners for the entire month of December. This program affords San Leandro businesses the opportunity to give back to their community in the form of two-year sponsorships for each decorative holiday display, spreading holiday cheer while further distinguishing Downtown San Leandro as a family-friendly East Bay destination.

For more information about the holiday festivities or the San Leandro Improvement Association, visit or call (510) 281-0703.

ItÕs a Wonderful Night
Friday, Dec 1
5:30 p.m. Ð 9:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m.: Holiday Tree Lighting in Estudillo Plaza
5:30 Ð 9:00 p.m.: ItÕs A Wonderful Night & Holiday Tree Lane
6:00 Ð 8:30 p.m.: Santa Claus on stage at Estudillo Plaza
Joaquin Plaza & Estudillo Plaza
Downtown San Leandro
Between Washington Ave & E 14th St
(510) 281-0703

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